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. >>> debate bound, mitt romney erasing president obama's lead. this is a new poll. a major shift on women voters as well. an an injection of enthusiasm. we go inside the numbers with four weeks left. >>> and biggest jump ever. one man, literally falling from the edge of outer space, 23 miles straight down on purpose. why? and will he make it? >> that is the question. why? what is the craziest thing you've ever done. >> it's not jumping 23 miles straight down from outer space. that's a high bar. >> i can't wait to talk to him and find out the why. >> it's nuts. good morning, thank you for joining us on "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. >>> jerry sandusky proclaims his innocence. in four wurhours, the former pe state football coach will be in court to find out his punishment. he is clearly defiant. >> they can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster but they can't take away my heart. in my heart, i know i did not do these alleged, disgusting acts. >> he takes no personal responsibility. he lays the blame for his fate
a trip down memory lane and look back over the last year or so when it comes to polls. romney has lost the lead in the polls five times to fellow republicans. remember those primaries? first it was michele bachmann after iowa. and by the way, a lot of these poll swings came after debates. a year ago it was herman cain and then newt gingrich out on top. and remember rick perry before his infamous "oops" comment, again, during a debate? and then there's romney's longest challenger, rick santorum, who sat at the top of the pole position for quite some time. and don't forget, there were 22 of these debates. so plenty of room for swing time. so romney's been here before. this is not his first time at the rodeo, that behind-to-ahead rodeo that we see in the polls quite often. cnn's political editor, paul steinhauser, is live for us in danville, kentucky, where the vice presidential debate is just one day away, getting under way tomorrow night. so latest polls, obviously this is a good time for the romney camp. it's nice to see a big bounce after the debate. but -- and that's a big but -- pol
the republican campaign has to win, i believe, if mitt romney's to become president, let's see if the poll numbers in that state of ohio which we're going to see as this week proceeds, let's see if those numbers have tightened there because that's going to be a key number for us. >> it certainly must be a huge wake-up call for the obama campaign, these pew research poll numbers that have just come out. >> yeah. >> so what do they do now? they've got a vice presidential debate coming up thursday night. >> they've got to have a couple of good presidential debates and they all believe that the president can do it and clearly the president himself understands that he didn't perform the way he would have hoped in the first debate. i do think that this puts a little bit of pressure on joe biden to perform well. having talked to my sources in the biden camp, they say they're sticking with their game plan, that is to draw contrast with paul ryan. that they intend to do that. that they intend to talk about foreign policy as well as domestic policy. and that they want to continue to draw the contras
into tuesday's second debate between president obama and governor romney. poll after poll shows momentum building behind the romney/ryan tukt and there's pressure on the president now to wrap up his game for the three-week sprint to election day. let's bring in our correspondent, we're getting reaction to the vice presidential debate, more comments coming in. but the president has his mission cut out for him right now. dan? >> he really does. we just have to look back to right after the debate where the president turned up his volume, strongly aggressively going after his gop opponents. but what we saw this week at the university of miami on thursday at a big rally there was the president even turning up the volume a bit more. attacking mitt romney for what the president says was his changing position on a whole host of issues, including taxes. take a listen. >> he's trying to go through an extreme makeover. after running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, mitt romney is trying to convince you that he was severely kidding. >> i was talking to a senior
the race is. each painting a different picture. a new poll by the pew research center has governor romney leading president obama by four points. that poll conducted after the presidential debate. in this poll more voters identify themselves as republicans. last month they said they were democrats. that's when the president was up by eight points. the latest gallup tracking poll gives the president a five-point lead. this was conducted before and after the debate though his lead did tick up yesterday. president obama in a mitt romney will campaign in ohio today, a key battleground state. we have some live pictures to show you from athens, greece. that's where protests are taking place as german chancellor angela merkel visits. she's despised in greece as most consider her as the architect and enforcer of drastic cuts imposed on greece by the european union. protesters took to the streets early. hundreds of police are on stand by. greek government officials will attempt to pass another $17 billion in austerity cuts to qualify for more bailout money. >>> another big story we're following th
romney leading obama. you can see also barely outside the margin of error. in that same poll, the president's 18-point lead among women disappeared. he's now running even with romney. so who is winning this vital war over middle class tax cuts? rah ham salon joins us and john avlon, senior political columnist at "newsweek" and "the daily beast." this debate over $5 trillion and what you're trying to do and on the backs of the middle class, this isn't just about a number and who is using a number specifically in what way. it goes to the heart of whether the president is going to win. >> in 2008, barack obama did something incredibly brilliant. he actually managed to outflank the republicans on taxes, which was their biggest, most potent issue for literally decades, by saying, hey, if you're middle class, you're going to get a tax cut, and it's only the small number of folks who will get anything like a tax increase and that turned out to be a very successful political message. and now mitt romney is countering that. one thing that's fascinating is this. mitt romney floated an
quinnipiac poll, little boost from the debate there. let's come over to a huge state. romney probably needs to win florida. i can give you a scenario where he wins without florida, but it's a hard one. he had been down pretty big numbers. look at this. "the wall street journal" poll 48% to 47%, a statistical tie in the battleground state of florida. come up the coast, predebate there were polls in the state of virginia showing the president opening up a big lead outside the margin of error. new poll out today, romney 48%, president obama 47%. a statistical tie in battleground virginia. so there's colorado, nevada, florida, virginia. and one i'm just back wolf from the state of ohio. we had a cnn poll showing romney making gains. president still with a very narrow lead. consistent with that a new nbc "the wall street journal" poll out today, governor romney at 45%, predebate polls showing romney down seven, eight, even nine points. in all the battleground states and national polls romney's coming up. that's the momentum the republicans hope to keep in tonight's debate. >> john, is there any
crowley. >>> the race is extremely close right now. the new cnn poll of polls shows romney with a two-point lead nationally over president barack obama, and here's the latest polling out of ohio. it shows president obama with a three-point lead. >>> as president barack obama has visited ohio more than 20 times and most of those stops have been this year, mitt romney and paul ryan are there again this weekend as john shows us it is the battleground of the battleground states. and ohio's working moms could be the key to victory. >> the lights still on past midnight. another 20-hour day for jessica. >> i'm a single mom of a 5-year-old little girl who is fantastic. i work full time. and go to school full time. so my day usually starts around 4:45 in the morning, and ends close to 1:00 a.m. you do what you have to do in this economy. >> her vote, she said, is for jillian's future. she was leaning mitt romney until his own words pushed her back to undecided. >> about the 47%, and i can't worry about them. how can you put your faith and trust in a candidate that doesn't care about everybody?
points. now back to within five or six. cnn poll has it at four. clearly, still a lot of work for romney. let's keep going. virginia, we saw polls before the first presidential debate starting to stretch outside the margin. back to a dead heat. that's nbc news "wall street journal" mars poll and down to florida and here's another one. it started to open up a handful. there is no question, no question, the race changed after the the first presidential debate. romney got a bounce. but when you get a bounce, the challenge is to sustain it. that's the big challenge. can paul ryan keep the republican momentum? >> so, it's narrowed in these battleground state, but is there any indication that first debate created new battleground states? >> some evidence. i'm a bit skeptical. but one state where the numbers changed, mitt romney's birth state of michigan. his dad was governor there. our cnn poll had it close to ten points. looked like no way the republicans could put that into play. three points. so that's within the margin of error. that sheds michigan back into play. do the democrats now thin
to break the sound barrier in a jump from the edge the space. >>> a new poll shows mitt romney out in front. the president's poor debate performance apparently giving the challenger a boost. but for how long? >>> companies are now using the election to sell their products. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. one of the most reviled men in the country faces sentencing. the hearing is scheduled to start right now for convicted child rapist jerry sandusky, former football coach at penn state faces life in prison for 45 counts of child sex abuse. a ajury found he sexually abused ten boys over a 15-year period. some of those victims and sandusky himself are expected to address the judge during this morning's aproceedings. the most stunning development may have come hours ago, releasing an audio recording from jail, saying he is the victim. >> they can take away my life. they can make me out as a monster. they can treat me as a monster but they can't take away my heart. in my heart i know i did not do these alleged, disgust iing ac
for mitt romney about that foreign policy plan, the new polls, the debate performance, and today our wolf blitzer has a live interview with mitt roy in that at 6:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. and thursday it's the vice presidential debate. live coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 pacific. >>> his nickname is fearless felix. he's getting ready to jump from the edge of space. 23 miles above the globe to be exact. felix baumgartner is getting ready to plummet to the earth to break a skydiving record. he'll leap from a specially built balloon and capsule wearing a high tech spacesuit that actually weighs 100 pounds. if it goes wrong, it could go terribly wrong. and now all he has to do is wait for the weather. he was supposed to go at 10:30 eastern this morning, but it's been delayed. chad myers is with me. the conditions that he needs of course aren't available today, but tell us what kinds of conditions he needs to make this a success. >> the problem this morning was that we had some surface winds or at least maybe 100 feet off the ground winds. when the balloon would be inflated, it
in the polls of florida and other places, it seems that mitt romney has gotten a boost from the first debate and that is why this second debate is so important. and in florida just like ohio and virginia two other battleground states, you are seeing the visits from the candidates and so much money spent on ads. randi? >> interesting stuff to watch the polls go up and down and all around. paul steinhauser, thank you and nice to see you. >>> another big story this week, the drug facility at the center of the fungal meningitis deaths are the same one that is implicated ten years ago. it is curious if the current outbreak could have been prevented. brian todd has the report. >> reporter: it is alleged that the deaths are caused by the same drug compounds agency that was caused in 2004. william koch was given a drug that was made by necc which is identified in the papers as new england compounding pharmacy, and the suit seeking $2.5 million from the company says that the dep med roll that he received was contaminate and that he got bacterial meningitis from it, and koch passed a wawan 204. we don
't say any more that debates don't matter. the new cnn poll, poll of polls, mitt romney has a slight lead with likely voters, 48% to 47%. his performance certainly showed that you can't say it doesn't matter anymore. there is no bigger swing state than ohio, where you are. >> reporter: the history tells you no republican has ever been elected president without winning the state of ohio. can you do the math and have romney win without this state? yes. is it likely? no. before the debate some polls had him down as many as nine points in ohio. new cnn poll row leased last night has him down four, 51-47. another group, american research group show ed romney up a point in ohio. no question. just like in the national polls, a bit of a boost. romney is up in the suburbs, up among independents. there's signs of strength here from romney, we can tell you there are a few soft spots he needs to work on. >> john king in ohio, covering the debates as well. thank you very much. watch live coverage of the debate tomorrow night, 7:00 eastern. watch it on cnn or on cnn.com. >>> happening this morning, the
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that much, but we saw mitt romney gain some ground in polls, so how much now is riding on this debate? >> well, i mean this is the most important day of the election season. we have been saying that, fred, ever since -- well, ever since the election start, we saw mitt romney come out in that first debate and he defied all the critics and all the skeptics and he put on quite a show. and president obama had a very bad debate. even one of his senior advisors said today that he needs to do better. let's hear what he told candy crowley on the state of the union, what we can expect from president obama tuesday night. >> he knew when he walked off stage and he also knew when he watched the tape of that debate, that he's got to be more energetic, i think you'll see somebody that's more passionate about the problems that face the american people. >> candy crowley also had ed gillesp gillesp gillespie, mitt romney's adviser. >> the president can change his style, he can change his rhetoric, but he can't change his policies so that's what this election is about. >> this is going to be hugely imp
. it's good news for mitt romney. he did get a debate bounce. brand-new polls show the two candidates in a dead-heat at 47%. romney, reracing the gap. paul steinhauser joins us from washington. these are new. break them down for us? >> let's go back to the screen you were showing. when are we going to see polls? here we go. go back to the screen you had up there. you see what gallup did. those are the numbers on the three days prior to the presidential debate. on the right, the numbers on the three days after the debate. this is the first real nonpartisan live operator national poll we've seen since the debate on wednesday in denver. a five-point advantage for the president before the debate. and dead-heat after. gallup is a seven-day tracking poll. add it together and you saw the president with a 49%-46% advantage. that's within the sampling error. two other things, this is among registered voters, not of likely voters. most polling has moved to the likely voter model, which is narrower. go to the next screen. i want to show you. gallup, like a bunch of debate watchers. ours was the
to the polls. in a new politico/george washington university poll 86% of those who backed romney say they're extremely likely to vote compared to 73% who support obama. that poll was taken before the president's lackluster debate performance. a performance that's still being widely trashed. >> number two, open up more trade. especially with latin america. >> the anniversary gift. i can't believe i forgot the anniversary gift. this is bad. this is very bad. okay. i was tdistracted by the mess i inherited from bush. but, still, i should have remembered our anniversary. >> former house speaker newt gingrich says, remember that weird moment with clint eastwood's empty chair? it's become symbolic. in their latest cover the new yorker magazine seems to agree with gingrich. take a look. empty podium. empty chair. it pretty much says it all. >>> polls aside, enthusiasm does seem to be gaining for romney. he attracted nearly 9,000 people at rally in florida sunday. he raised 12 million tl$12 mill donations right after the debate. still romney remains in a statistical tie with the president. most p
of the race. it does look like mitt romney is getting a bounce out of the debate. a gallup poll taken over seven days your bre break it down, in three days since the debate the race is tied at 47%. the three days prior to the debate, a five--point lead for president obama. that gone over the last three days. gallup asked who won the debate. last wednesday among debate watchers, 97% of republicans said mitt romney won, 70% of independents said mitt romney won, and 49% of democrats gave it to romney. >>> meanwhile president obama's debate performance left a big opening for the folks at "saturday night live." >> number 20 -- >> excuse me, governor. mr. president? >> i'm sorry. yeah. yeah, what's up? >> mr. president. governor has just said that he killed osama bin laden. would you care to respond? >> um, no, you two go ahead. >> not bad. big bird made a surprise appearance on weekend update, he took the high road when addressing romney's pledge to eliminate money for public television. mr. bird said he didn't want to ruffle any feathers. >> thank you very much. so as we inch toward election d
you've seen, and the polls show it, the romney/ryan ticket has momentum. the polls have tightened in recent days following mitt romney's performance, where he obviously won that debate. there's a lot more attention here. if joe biden is able to perform very well -- and he's a pretty good debater. if he's able to perform pretty well perhaps he can stem some of that momentum, at least dampen a little criticism heading into the debate next week in new york, buy the president a little time. if paul ryan clearly dominates in this debate it will be seen very much as a one-two punch and that will just mean more momentum. >> they've been, as we call it in college, cramming. how have both of them been preparing? >> reporter: yeah. it is like cramming. i think it's sort of like going back, studying for -- one aide told me it's like studying for the s.a.t.s in the middle of a campaign. they go over a lot of briefing materials. they're brushing up on domestic and foreign policy, getting to certainly know each other's positions on everything. there's a lot of sort of time spent aalone where th
the election. there's a new poll that i want no share with you and voters showing romney ahead in florida. 51% to 44%. >> amazing. >> why do you they is and is this what you expected? >> i didn't expect it quite like this. i didn't expect president obama to fumble. and he did fumble. let's be honest. it's not that mitt romney did so well. it's that barack obama, our president, fumbled in the first debate. tuesday i expect for president obama to come out gang busters in a different format and do very well. but here's the important thing. as i said last time in florida, 24% of the voters are not republican, they're not democrat. they're independents. and independents are now paying attention, and they care a lot about reality, not just rhetoric. the economy means a lot to them. and i think they are leaning toward mitt romney for one reason, he doesn't scare independents. he's not that right wing conservative that newt guy ritchie or rick santorum is. he's considered a moderate to independents. that 24% in florida i think are the most important voters in the united states. >> he is certainly mak
new hampshire. the latest arg poll of likely voters shows mitt romney at 49% and president obama at 46%. that's in florida right now. that's within the sampling error. meanwhile, with just 25 days to go before election day there are some serious concerns about a republican financed voter registration effort in the state. cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns is joining us now with the latest on a criminal investigation making waves right here in washington. joe, what's going on? >> wolf, he is a veteran gop operative who just doesn't seem to go away. a few weeks agoaway. a few weeks ago, a wave of bad publicity hit the waves. he was disavowed by the republican national committee. tonight, some democrats that criticize his tactics say they're worried he may still be operating in several key battleground states under a different company name. >> it all started with nathan sprule. they came under fire for providing false information at the supervisor of election office. they responded by throwing him under the bus even though he denies wrong doing. by that time the republican pa
this poll this is a recent poll that shows more americans trusting obama over romney on foreign policy. do you think, though, that maybe, maybe team romney senses an opportunity, an opening here? >> yes, they definitely sense an opening as a result of what happened in benghazi, libya. i think the president has been popular as far as foreign policy is concerned as he got all the u.s. troops out of iraq, no more u.s. troops in iraq. americans are war weary, if you will, he's got a timeline to getting all u.s. troops out of afghanistan. but probably much more important than that, brooke, is that he managed to kill bin laden. that is something very, very popular. so i was a little surprised that romney went after the president in this speech today on iraq, because getting u.s. troops out of iraq has generally been popular, though romney did make valid points. the iraqi government, nuri al maliki is moving closer and closer to iran, it's facilitating iranian supplies of weapons to syria. this is not a good aftermath of all the years of struggle in iraq for sure. getting americans out of iraq th
the edge of space to earth. want to get right to it. mitt romney gaining some ground here. in a poll taken after wednesday night's debate, three days before the debate, president obama had a 5% point edge among registered voters. hoping to build on the momentum, romney this morning attacked the president's leadership when it comes to foreign policy. ♪ >>> romney delivered his first major foreign policy speech at virginia military institute in lexington. it is the country's oldest military academy. he came out swinging. he condemned the president for what he says is leading from behind, declaring it is time to change course in the middle east. want to bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty at the state department. first of all, the first criticism was that he said the president didn't have this overall strategy that would be successful in the middle east. let's listen. >> i know the president hopes for a safer, freer, and more prosperous middle east aallied with us. i share this hope, but hope is not a strategy. we can't support our friends and defeat our enemies in the
of what you see in the polls. this momentum that's very much on the side of mitt romney. and paul ryan. so it is very much up to vice president biden to take a shot here and try to stop some of that momentum because if you see a win by paul ryan, it's covered as a one-two punch. the momentum will continue. we know talking to some of the vice president's aides that he's going to come out swinging. this's the expectation, to be on offense. we've been told he's eager, feeling good and trying to draw a contrast. when you look at the tiny table in the picture, brooke, it is a pretty intimate setting. if he's going to get in to it and draw a contrast, that's sort of code for confrontation. we'll see if he makes good on the promise of the team. >> bring yaannbrianna, do they say something memorable, as in not in a good way memorable? >> reporter: you'll remember he's sort of known as a bit of a gaffe machine. puts in his foot in his mouth from time to time. he said that the middle class buried for four years and that was something that the romney campaign just jumped on. the thing is, while he's
't be seen as being overly aggressive. >> reporter: romney has enjoyed a post-debate pounce in national polls and a boost of confidence on the campaign trail. >> there's more energy and passion, people are getting behind this campaign. >> reporter: at a town hall without a podium and with audience interaction, the candidates' style and body language can take on added weight. at the first town hall-style presidential debate in 1992 president george h.w. bush repeatedly checked his watch, a sign some thought that he didn't want to be there. commentators said bill clinton walking toward the audience to answer a question about the recession highlighted his ability to connect with voters. one thing that can make it hard for a candidate to be aggressive is a question like this. >> can we focus on the issues and not the personalities and the mud? >> reporter: analysts say the format could be good for the president. >> he will absolutely be able to draw from that energy, from the energy of the public and the crowd. >> reporter: as for romney -- >> one of his big challenges during this entire campaign
some new numbers this morning on that race. the recommend montana poll shows president obama with a two-point lead over mitt romney. what's interesting in the numbers is only one democrat has won arizona in the past 60 years and that was bill clinton in 1996. both of the vermontal candidates are back in their home states today. paul ryan is in wisconsin and president biden is in delaware. at a fund-raiser yesterday biden talked about the difference between the candidates and he offered this. quote, every presidential race every race comes down twho they thing has character and conviction. it will not surprise you on that score. i don't even think it's close between president obama and governor romney. >> let joe be joe is what president obama said before the debate and that's skpanlly what "saturday night live" had fun with last night. >> mr. biden, i know you're under a lot of duress but it would do everything good if you -- >> you don't scare me, shark eyes. you think you're tougher than me because you do the px 90 workout? let me tell you. there's jim strong and old manner. you want
obama than paul ryan did for mitt romney. >> but when you look at the cnn/orc poll that asks the question, who is in touch with the problems of people like you -- this is an area in which joe biden is considered to be very, very strong, right? he is the guy who talks to the middle class, did that a lot last night in the debate. it was actually paul ryan who was ahead. the polling there was 51% for paul ryan, 44% for joe biden. doesn't that make it impossible to read that as a victory for the democrats in an area that joe biden is supposed to be really strong in? >> i think these snap polls right after the debate aren't necessarily the best snapshot of how voters really feel about these debates. and they take a look at it over the course of time and see whose facts added up and whose facts didn't add up. when you saw paul ryan really pressed on the math of their tax plan, it opened that argument all the over again. because he really just couldn't make the math work. and he couldn't explain it in a way that the american people could be comfortable with. now, he says that there'
months ago. now it's only three weeks away before people head to the polls. we're doing these debates. how important is this debate? is it really make or break for the president, make or break for mitt romney? >> reporter: in some ways, yes, it is for the president, don. he has to stem the political bleeding at this point. some people think that joe biden might have done that just a few days ago when he was able to forcefully talk about the administration's record, even though he was criticized for how he did so. president obama needs to be more forcefulexplaining himself. mitt romney is sonon a high and needs to deliver another performance. mitt romney has to win states like ohio. if he turns in another strong debate performance tuesday night, the headline on wednesday night is that the election has turned around. don? >> thank you, mark preston. appreciate it. mark your calendars and catch the second debate live right here on cnn tuesday night, moderated by our very own candy crowley. coverage begins 7:00 p.m. eastern. >>> more politics now. known for switching parties, former senat
. >> recent polls show president obama has a commanding lead among latino voters nationwide, but it's the latino in battleground states like nevada, colorado and florida that mitt romney needs to win over. the fight is on. ed lavandera, cnn, san antonio texas. >>> latinos say republicans are not doing enough for their community. w we'll take a lookt why. with a deadline. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. this is awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is, business pro. yes, it is. go national. go like a pro. [ slap! slap! slap! ] [ music, laughter stop ] [ male announcer ] when your favorite foods fight you, fight back fast with tums smoothies. so fast and smooth, you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums [ male announcer ] tums smoothies. >>> all right. we've been talking about the issues that matter to latino voters mplt it could be pivotal on election day, and both democrats and republicans angling for votes, but some are putting
is on for the catholic vote. according to this pew forum on religion and public life, neither obama nor romney has a consistent lead among catholic voters as a whole. you see they're each polling at 40%. back in 2004, more than half of catholic voters chose president bush, even though his opponent, john kerry, is catholic. in 2008, more than half of catholic voters chose obama. flash forward to this year, both parties had america's highest profile catholic, new york archbishop timothy dolan give the closing. and i want to bring in eric mara podi. you live this, study this. conservative catholics would never vote for obama and biden because of their views on abortion, more progressive catholics question the morality of the romney/ryan budget choices. which do you believe is the more predominant view among american catholics? >> i think it is close to split dead even on this. i traveled around the country and talked to people and report on this all over. we see a pretty even divide and i think the two gentlemen we saw on the stage, vice president biden and congressman ryan are the perfect embodiment
hopeful mitt romney is taking the morning airwaves by storm, she's also surging in popularity. a new abc news-washington post poll shows she's more popular than her husband right now. >> i want to bring in lynn sweet, washington bureau chief for the "chicago sun-times". she's joining us via skype right now. the candidate's wives have long been considered a secret weapon in the fight for female voters in particular. how effective is ann romney as a campaign surrogate right now? >> i think she's a terrific surrogate for mitt romney because she's able to tell a story that only she can tell, which is what is he like? what's the man behind the candidate? what does he like to do, and also everybody is always interested in the county's family and kids, and that's the potential for her herself. there's no down side to having a campaign as much as she's up to. >> of course, everyone knows there's a long history of, you know, it is man whose vying for presidency has the ear, you know,of his wife and vice versa, whether it's a.m. ann romney in this case, michelle obama and president obama and nancy
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